A business headshot on LinkedIn is something that everybody sees and it only takes 3 seconds for someone to make a judgement about you from your photo.
There are some really simple ways to ensure that you are accurately displaying what you look like. You’re on social media, you’re going to have an image of yourself on loads of different platforms but how do you make sure it looks good?
Tip 1) Make sure your image is in focus.
It’s kind of obvious but blurry images are not great. They don’t show particularly much care and attention to your picture to make sure they’re not blurry. Make sure you can see your face. Try to avoid wearing hats or sunglasses on because people want to make a connection with you. They want to see the features so your eyes and your smile and the shape of your face so make sure you keep those images for use elsewhere.
Tip 2) Make sure it’s in colour.
A good amount of negative white space around your face will enhance your features as well not zooming your image right into the frame you’re given won’t help make you look attractive and will detract from you creating a good first impression. Think about how you want to be perceived, how you want to be thought of? The first five seconds somebody sees that image makes a judgement about you so smile. Have a friendly demeanour. Make sure people want to interact with you.
Tip 3) Use a plain background.
So to recap: Make sure you’re in focus, make sure you can see your face and nothing obscuring your features, frame your face correctly, make sure you’re smiling, happy, and there’s a plain white background behind you so the focus is all on you.
I’d love to see some images you’ve used before, and images you’ve created after by reading these tips. Tweet me your images or leave me a comment below.
Jemima Willcox is a personal brand portrait photographer based in Cambridge, UK.